University of Arizona

Joesler & Murphey

An Architectural Legacy for Tucson

Photo of R. Brooks Jeffery

Jeffery has described Joesler as “an architectural linguist.” Joesler blended many contemporary and revival styles such as Spanish Colonial and Pueblo Revival as well as Swiss, Tudor, Greek, Italianate, Art Deco and Art Moderne. His buildings were marked by wrought ironwork, decorative glazed and unglazed tiles, ceiling beams, wall niches, stained concrete floors, hand-carved wooden doors and his signature “wind flags” which resembled weather vanes. Some of the notable structures he designed in Tucson are St. Philip’s In the Hills Episcopal Church, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, and Broadway Village Shopping Center.